Definition of xylophone
: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers
xylophonistplay \ˈzī-lə-ˌfō-nist also ˈzi-\ noun
Recent Examples of xylophone from the Web
Zion, who recently celebrated his 1st birthday, just started walking and likes to play with his toy xylophone and drums.
Mura Masa is also fond of harps, xylophones and other metallic-sounding tones that may not have real-world equivalents but still clink precisely, then disappear, harking back to the patterns of Minimalist composers like Steve Reich.
Onstage were four timpani, a bass drum, snare drum, side drum, a large gong, cymbals, xylophone, castanets, vibraphone, glockenspiel, woodblock, whip-crack and triangle.
Drummer Glenn Kotche did a debut experimental performance with Eau Claire singer-songwriter (and Bon Iver drummer) S. Carey, leaning heavily on chimes, xylophone and light jazz drumming.
Yes, that’s a cheat because there were no xylophones on site.
In addition to the usual drums, bass and guitars, the 12-piece group has a grand piano, multiple electronic keyboards, percussion, a xylophone, harmonicas, woodwinds.
And in other YouTube videos, similar squads of hens plunk out melodies on xylophones and keyboards.
Perhaps the most elegant in it’s simplicity, was a slew of marbles each taking winding paths of different length before plunking down on a xylophone key.
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First Known Use of xylophone
XYLOPHONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of xylophone for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that has a set of wooden bars of different lengths that are hit with hammers
XYLOPHONE Defined for Kids
Definition of xylophone for Students
: a musical instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars of different lengths that are struck by special mallets to produce musical notes
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